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Breakfast Skillet

The breakfast skillet is similar to the Buddha Bowl in the sense that it’s completely adjustable to your taste or the contents of your fridge at any given time.   Having only two pans to wash at the end of a delicious meal is a bonus… (It’s mainly a bonus for the teenagers in my house, since they are on dish duty when they are home!)

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Breakfast Skillet
A quick and easy meal that is both delicious and satisfying!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put ground meat into large skillet and begin cooking on medium heat.
  2. Once meat has been cooking for about 5 minutes, add all chopped broccoli to skillet and continue cooking with the meat.
  3. Add basil and oregano to meat and broccoli mixture.
  4. Heat some butter on low-medium in a small skillet and add the eggs.
  5. Once eggs are cooking, add halved cherry tomatoes to meat and broccoli skillet.
  6. When eggs are ready, divide the meat mixture evenly between 4 plates. Sprinkle each with cheese.
  7. Place egg on top, sprinkle with chives and serve immediately. NOTE: I was so excited to eat this today that I forgot to put the chives on for the photo... but they do add some depth of flavor so I recommend using them!

Cauliflower Scalloped N’otatoes

You just can’t have ham without thinking of scalloped potatoes….  or at least I can’t.  So when I was making ham, I decided to throw together a low carb version of scalloped potatoes and see how it turned out.  It.  Was.  Delicious.

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Cauliflower Scalloped N'otatoes
This creamy, cheesy side dish for ham does not disappoint. You won't miss the potatoes. I promise.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Ingredients
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice head of cauliflower into small chunks.
  3. Chop onion and into small pieces, and crush the garlic.
  4. Add butter to a small skillet and heat on medium.
  5. When butter is melted and starting to bubble, add onions and garlic and cook on medium-low until onions are translucent.
  6. Pour cream into skillet and turn heat down to low. Add salt to this mixture.
  7. In a buttered casserole dish put half of your cauliflower to cover the bottom and sprinkle with about 1/3 of the cheese. Sprinkle with coarse ground black pepper and then add the other half of the cauliflower.
  8. Add the remaining cheese evenly on the top of the cauliflower, and add more pepper.
  9. As the cream mixture heats up, stir frequently. Once it is heated through and bubbling a bit at the edges, remove from heat and pour over cauliflower and cheese in casserole dish.
  10. Put the casserole dish in the oven for about 25 minutes until top is bubbling and the cheese is browning.
  11. Remove from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes so the sauce can thicken up a bit. Serve alongside ham and a salad and try not to lick your plate.

Cauliflower ‘Bun’ Grilled Cheese

There is nothing I like better than a buttery grilled cheese sandwich – crispy on the outside and all kinds of melted cheese oozing from within. If you’re grain or gluten free, or just a little adventurous, I highly recommend this grilled cheese using Cauliflower Buns.

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Cauliflower 'Bun' Grilled Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet on medium and add butter.
  2. When butter is melted, place one cauliflower bun into skillet, top with cheese of choice, and place second cauliflower bun on top.
  3. Cook just as you would a grilled cheese sandwich. Flip once and remove from heat when cheese is melted and starting to ooze.
  4. Serve with tomato soup, ketchup, side salad or just a couple dill pickles and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The key to this grilled cheese is the Cauliflower Buns.  This recipe is the easiest one to use and has been failsafe in my experience.  My recommendation is to make them relatively thin, as they are quite rich and filling when using two of them at a time!  If you're looking for the tin rings I used to make the perfect sized Cauliflower Buns, you can find them here: Fox Run Set of Four English Muffin Rings

 

 

 

Buddha Bowl

After experiencing the happiness of the Freshii bowl, I was inspired to create my own at home.  I love the ability to add whatever you have on hand to create a delicious, healthy and pretty meal in minutes. And I can’t understate the bonus of very few dishes to clean afterwards!  For families with varying tastes or dietary restrictions among members, you can prepare several ingredients and let everyone assemble their own bowl.  The perfect summer meal for busy families.

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Buddha Bowl
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 0
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Prep Time 10
Cook Time 0
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Instructions
  1. Divide all ingredients evenly into four bowls.
  2. Add a generous serving of roasted red pepper sauce and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

There are plenty of Roasted Red Pepper sauces available commercially, so that may be the easiest option for many busy families.  That said, this Roasted Red Pepper Sauce is quite easy to make and is absolutely delicious.

Buddha bowls are awesome because of their simple variability.  So be adventurous and add whatever you have in your fridge.  Leftover meat, hardboiled eggs, beans and legumes are also great additions to up the protein.

‘Nacho’ Brussels Sprouts

Sometimes you just want to eat something quick, easy, and comforting.  This particular time I wanted comfort food but I also wanted to use up my leftover Brussels sprouts.  I think you could do this with pretty much any leftover roasted vegetable with delicious and healthy results.

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'Nacho' Brussels Sprouts
Course Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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Course Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. When I make this it is usually with leftover roasted veggies, but if you're making it from scratch, chop the Brussels sprouts into thirds, toss with avocado oil, and roast in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. If the veggies are already cooked, pan fry them with a small amount of avocado oil until heated.
  2. Toss Brussels sprouts with taco seasoning until evenly distributed.
  3. Place Brussels sprouts on an oven safe platter and sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Broil in the oven until cheese is melted through and starting to bubble.
  5. Slice avocado and add sour cream and salsa to a plate.
  6. Slide Brussels sprout 'nachos' onto the plate and enjoy!

Mug Cake – Seriously, a cake in a coffee mug!

It was my dad’s birthday and while I couldn’t celebrate with him as he was in sunny Phoenix, the occasion got me to thinking about cake and how I might like to have some.  I had seen recipes frequently for ‘cake in a mug’ that you can make ‘in minutes,’ but I had never tried making them.  To be honest, I really doubted they would turn out very well.  I wanted to make one that is grain free and sugar free so that Berrik could enjoy it, and I wanted it to be easy and failsafe.  This recipe is so fast and so simple.  I was shocked at how delicious it tasted! Because we try to avoid refined sugar in our baking, I typically use Xyla Xylitol-Xylitol Sweetener . It’s quite sweet, has zero net carbs, but doesn’t have the weird aftertaste that stevia often does.

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Mug Cake
When you need a single serving of cake - either because the cake being served does not meet your dietary requirements, or just because you need a treat, this 5 minute mug full of chocolatey joy is the perfect solution.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 4
Cook Time 1
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Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 4
Cook Time 1
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Crack egg into another small bowl and whisk until frothy.
  3. Add remaining wet ingredients to egg and stir to combine.
  4. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and mix until just blended.
  5. Scrape batter into a mug well greased with coconut oil. I used a larger latte mug that has a bigger bottom. Using a regular mug should also work fine, but it may impact cooking time slightly, and may make it more challenging to remove the cake from the mug.
  6. Put in microwave for approximately one minute. Every microwave is different so you may want to start at 50 seconds and then microwave in 10 second increments until the centre of the cake is slightly springy to the touch.
  7. Optional toppings: Top with whipped cream, cream cheese frosting, peanut butter frosting, fresh berries, berry coulis or anything else you can imagine that would go well on chocolate cake. I feel as I could come up with 25 options!
  8. Either add toppings directly to the mug, grab a spoon and dig in, or gently remove the cake from the mug, add toppings and enjoy!

No Bake Haystack cookies – Sugar free, gluten free, simple, and delicious!

A couple of days ago I was making dinner (and it was a less than impressive dinner).  I was thinking about my youth and eating haystack cookies with Muriel (her favorite cookie, and my favorite ‘second mom’).  I was thinking it would be great to have a ‘Berrik’ friendly version of that cookie for the holiday season, although considering that cookie is literally more than 1/2 straight sugar, I wasn’t sure it would be possible.  So, while my uninspired dinner was cooking, I started mixing up some ingredients to see if I could make this cookie work.  The result was incredibly good.  Surprisingly good for a first run at it.  I took a few of them to the dance studio and shared with a couple of my dance mom besties (and a dance dad!) and they were met with approval.  Granted, the one mom was dying of hunger as she had yet to eat dinner…. but still, I think everyone thought the cookies were pretty good.  They were quickly kid approved in my house.  So I knew I was on to something good.  I wanted to try the recipe again, with a few minor adjustments though, before I posted it.  Yesterday I tried it again, made a few minor changes, and I think it’s pretty good.  My kids love the cookies, so ultimately that is always the goal for me!

You will see there are many substitution possibilities – that’s the beauty of this cookie.  The base of it is delicious, and the addition options are pretty much endless so you can adjust it to your own tastes or to accommodate food sensitivities/allergies.

The ultimate test would be for Muriel to try them and approve!  I may have to send her some.

Ingredients:

NOTE: The cocoa is not in the photo… I forgot.  But it’s the second most important ingredient. So don’t forget it.  🙂

1 cup  Date Paste

3/4 cup cocoa

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup coconut milk (or any other kind of milk you’d like to use)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups gluten free large flake oats

1 1/2 cups long flake coconut

Approximately 2/3 cup of whatever other additions you’d like to add.  I have done 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, plus 1/3 cup walnuts, and in another recipe 1/3 cup pumpkin seed plus 1/3 cup chopped peanuts.  The options are limitless.  Dried fruit would be good also  Alternatively you can add more oats or coconut if you’d prefer instead.

Directions:

Heat up the date paste, coconut milk and coconut oil over low heat until melted and mixed together. Let cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring.

Stir in cocoa, cinnamon & vanilla and continue stirring over low heat until well mixed.

Remove from heat and add oats, coconut and whatever other add ins you are using and mix well.  It should be just sticky enough to hold together.  Add more coconut and/or oats a little at a time if it seems too sticky.

NOTE: Taste the batter at this point.  If you are more accustomed to a sweeter cookie and that is your preference, add pure maple syrup or gently melted raw honey to taste.  I would start with 1/4 cup and go from there.

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Use a small cookie scoop or just roll by hand and place on parchment paper to cool.

After about an hour, put into an air tight container with parchment between the layers and refrigerate.  These freeze well also and taste really good frozen (which means that trips down to the freezer become a regular part of the day for me!)